The disparaging comments regarding non-Jews are expurgated from various
editions of the Talmud. They are, however, found in the Soncino English
translation of 1935. (Some of these pages have been reproduced in The Plot
Against Christianity.) Where they have been expunged, one can find an "o"
indicating "oral tradition," which means they are still taught. Like it or not,
Orthodox Judaism fervently teaches ultimate supremacy over "the nations," i.e.,
Gentiles, whom it pronounces as inferior creatures. Many Jews over the centuries,
especially those who are "non-practicing," have exposed and apologized for these
malicious comments and supremacist attitude. (See concentration camp survivor
and Israeli citizen Prof. Israel Shahak's, Jewish History, Jewish Religion.) They
are not to be held responsible; in many cases, they were brainwashed from birth
and are appalled at the mentality. The mentality is, however, held by individuals
in the ruling elite, religious and political. Almost none of our "Jewish" friends
agree with this attitude, although some joke about it. Note that there are many
more quotes of this nature within the Talmud, so numerous in fact that it is
difficult to imagine more calumny being heaped upon "the nations."
It is true that some of these quotes have been taken out of context. We are
attempting here to find them and put them within their context. Also, a number of
these contentious remarks are followed by mitigating commentary from another
rabbi (such as the quote about heathens studying the Torah at Sanhedrin 59a).
Some of these quotes are translated quite differently from version to version,
apparently at times softened. According to Prof. Israel Shahak, the original
Hebrew passages possess greater vitriol than do the translations. Because of the
translation discrepancies, it is difficult to verify these quotes. The verses in dark
blue are confirmed by us to be in the Soncino Talmud. We have removed some
particularly incendiary remarks because they cannot easily be verified.
Further, it should be noted that some of these texts, such as the Zohar, Aruch,
Yalkut, Tosefta and Soferim, may not be contained within the Talmud proper but
are referenced therein, as "commentaries" and "tractates" also considered "sacred
texts." While the Soncino Talmud quotes are represented verbatim where
possible, at least some of the statements purportedly from these other texts
represent paraphrases. The text is frequently deliberately difficult to follow, in
Hebrew as well, such that it needs to be simplified. (Such as concerns the use of
terms for non-Jews/Gentiles: "Cutheans," "Samaritans," "Egyptians,"
"Canaanites," "Karaites" and "Minim," which refers to the "Judeo-Christian
heretics," also considered the "Sadducees." "Heathens," of course, and "Goyim,"
are well-known terms used in the Talmud. "Goyim," referring to Gentiles, is said
to mean "unclean.")
It should be also kept in mind that much of the Talmud was orally taught and/or
written down long before pogroms and persecution of Jews were common. Thus,
the notion that these anti-Gentile statements are a reaction to such persecution is
untrue. Indeed, it has been suggested that the persecution was in large part on
account of such anti-Gentile sentiments and behavior. For a rebuttal or apology of